- Directors: Herbert Ross
- Producers: Lewis J Rachmil, Craig Zadan
- Writers: Dean Pitchford
- Genres: Drama, Music, Romance
- Actors: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow
Upbeat teenager Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon),who was raised in Chicago, moves to an uptight and old fashioned Iowa town because of financial problems. Soon, he finds the local city council has banned dancing and rock music. Ren tries to fit in, but it is hard enough being from the city, and the law makes that harder. Ren becomes stressed out, since dancing was the only way to get rid of stress, leading him and his friends to do it secretly, and teach people to dance. Ren soon begins to fall for a free-spirited girl named Ariel Moore, who has a boyfriend, named Chuck Cranston, who only is dating Ariel to get into her pants, and a conservative father named Reverand Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) who is a big authority figure for the town, and because of his hatred of rock and roll, is responsible for the law. Ren and his classmates want to do away with the law, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the law and awaken the spirit of the townspeople. But, Reverand Shaw Moore has other plans.
- Genres: Drama, Horror, Romance
- Actors: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R McQueen, Sara Canning, Katerina Graham, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Kayla Ewell, Michael Trevino, Matt Davis
The series follows the life of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who falls for a century-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Their lives grow more and more complicated as Stefan’s vicious brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) returns to town with a vendetta against his brother. The series is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, a town charged with supernatural history. Other storylines revolve around the other inhabitants of the town, most notably Elena’s younger brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Elena’s friend Bonnie Bennett (Katerina Graham), a witch whose abilities develop throughout the season, and their insecure friend Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola).
- Directors: Peter H Hunt
- Producers: Jack L Warner
- Writers: Peter Stone
- Genres: Drama, Family, History, Musical
- Actors: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva
The film focuses on the representatives of the thirteen original colonies who participated in the Second Continental Congress. 1776 depicts the three months of deliberation (and, oftentimes, acrimonious debate) that led up to the signing of one of the most important documents in the history of the United States, the Declaration of Independence.
- Directors: John McTiernan
- Producers: Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon, John Davis
- Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall
The film opens with a mysterious spacecraft entering Earth’s atmosphere, then focuses on the coast of Guatemala, where a joint task force, led by Major Alan “Dutch” Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is assigned to rescue a presidential cabinet minister kidnapped by guerrilla forces in Val Verde. Dutch’s old military buddy and now CIA officer, George Dillon (Carl Weathers), steps in as a liaison. The team is then inserted by helicopter to their destination within the jungle.
As they progress, the team finds the wreckage of a downed helicopter and later the remains of several skinned bodies. They are identified to be an Army Special Forces team, whose presence in the country mystifies Dutch. They soon make their way to a heavily defended rebel encampment and take out its inhabitants in short order, except for a girl named Anna (Elpidia Carrillo) whom they take prisoner. Dutch is enraged to discover the rescue mission had been a setup to get his group to destroy the camp, after Dillon confesses that the men they found earlier disappeared in a failed rescue mission of two CIA agents.
As the team make their way to the extraction point, they are observed from afar by an unknown creature using thermal imaging. After two members of the team are mysteriously slain, the survivors become aware that something in the jungle is stalking them. Anna delivers insight into the creature, which has apparently become a local legend for hunting humans as trophies. Despite attempts to track down and trap the creature, the team is slowly killed off one by one, until only Dutch and Anna remain. Realizing the creature only kills those possessing weapons, a wounded Dutch sends Anna unarmed to the extraction point. Dutch narrowly escapes the creature – revealed to be a masked, bipedal alien – by accidentally covering himself in mud, which hides his body’s heat signature.
Dutch confronts the creature one last time, using more mud as camouflage and a number of improvised weapons and traps to kill it. The creature, hearing Dutch’s war-cry, arrives, but despite having its cloaking ability disabled in an attack, manages to capture him. Then, in a display of chivalry, the creature challenges Dutch to a final duel in hand-to-hand combat, unveiling its monstrous face and discarding its electronic weaponry before brutally beating him. Once cornered, Dutch manages to drop the counterweight from one of his traps, which falls and crushes the creature. As Dutch asks the mortally wounded alien what it is, the creature mimics his question (in garbled English) and then activates a time bomb on its wrist device while laughing maniacally. Dutch runs for cover as a massive explosion destroys the creature and nearby jungle. Anna and the rescue helicopter finally arrive to pick up Dutch and head back to base.
- Directors: Tom Ford
- Producers: Tom Ford, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno, Chris Weitz
- Writers: Tom Ford, David Scearce, Christopher Isherwood title A Single Man Book
- Genres: Drama
- Actors: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicholas Hoult
Set in Los Angeles on November 30, 1962, a month after the Cuban missile crisis, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a middle-aged English college professor who has struggled to find meaning in his life since the car accident that killed his longtime partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), eight months earlier. Jim’s family disapproved of his relationship with George and thus refused George permission to attend the funeral.
Throughout the single day depicted in the film, and narrated from his point of view, George dwells on his past, shown in flashbacks, and his seemingly empty future, as he prepares for his planned suicide that evening. He buys bullets for his revolver, empties his safety deposit box in the bank, prepares letters for some friends, and one with some money for his cleaning woman, and arranges his life insurance policy, other important things such as keys, and the clothes he wants to be dressed in by the undertaker neatly in sight. Everyday things and encounters become special for him, realizing that for each it is the last time, and he is extra nice to people, as he is secretly saying goodbye.
George makes an appointment to have dinner with his close female friend Charley (Julianne Moore). He gives a lecture, after which his student Kenny Potter (Nicholas Hoult) starts a conversation with him, and becomes fixated on him as a kindred spirit. Later George has an unexpected encounter with Spanish male prostitute Carlos (Jon Kortajarena), whom he pays while declining his services. After his dinner with Charley he encounters Kenny again in a bar. They go skinny dipping and then return to George’s house and get very drunk. George passes out and wakes to find himself in bed, with Kenny on his couch. Kenny has discovered George’s planned suicide and taken away the gun. George finds it but decides not to kill himself. Having made peace with his grief, George suffers a heart attack and dies.
- Genres: Adventure, Drama
“Call me Ishmael,” Moby-Dick begins, in one of the most recognizable opening lines in English-language literature. The narrator, an observant young man setting out from Manhattan, has experience in the merchant marine but has recently decided his next voyage will be on a whaling ship. On a cold, gloomy night in December, he arrives at the Spouter-Inn in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and agrees to share a bed with a then-absent stranger. When his bunk mate, a heavily tattooed Polynesian harpooner named Queequeg, returns very late and discovers Ishmael beneath his covers, both men are alarmed, but the two quickly become close friends and decide to sail together from Nantucket, Massachusetts on a whaling voyage.
In Nantucket, the pair signs on with the Pequod, a whaling ship that is soon to leave port. The shipâ€™s captain, Ahab, is nowhere to be seen; nevertheless, they are told of him â€“ a “grand, ungodly, godlike man,” according to one of the owners, who has “been in colleges as well as ‘mong the cannibals.” The two friends encounter a mysterious man named Elijah on the dock after they sign their papers and he hints at troubles to come with Ahab. The mystery grows on Christmas morning when Ishmael spots dark figures in the mist, apparently boarding the Pequod shortly before it sets sail that day.
Ahab ignores this voice of reason and continues with his ill-fated chase. As the three boats sail out to hunt him, Moby Dick damages two of them, forcing them to go back to the ship and leaving only Ahab’s vessel intact. Ahab harpoons the whale, but the harpoon-line breaks. Moby Dick then rams the Pequod itself, which begins to sink. As Ahab harpoons the whale again, the unfolding harpoon-line catches him around his neck and he is dragged into the depths of the sea by the diving Moby Dick. The boat is caught up in the whirlpool of the sinking ship, which takes almost all the crew to their deaths. Only Ishmael survives, clinging to Queequegâ€™s coffin-turned-life buoy for an entire day and night before the Rachel rescues him.
- Directors: Jacques Demy
- Producers: Mag Bodard
- Writers: Jacques Demy
- Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance
- Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo
Madame Emery and her 17 year old daughter GeneviÃ¨ve (Deneuve) sell umbrellas at their little boutique in the coastal town of Cherbourg in Normandy, France. GeneviÃ¨ve is in love with 20 year old Guy (Castelnuovo), a handsome young auto mechanic who lives with and cares for his sickly aunt and godmother Elise along with her quiet, dedicated, care-giver, Madeleine (Ellen Farner), a young woman who clearly loves Guy. Subsequently, though, Guy is drafted, and must leave for a two-year tour of duty in the Algerian War. The night before he leaves, he and GeneviÃ¨ve make love. She becomes pregnant, and feels abandoned, as he does not write often. At her mother’s insistence, she marries thirtyish Roland Cassard (Marc Michel), a quietly handsome Parisian jeweler who falls in love with GeneviÃ¨ve and is willing to wed her, even though she is carrying another man’s child (Cassard had previously wooed the title character in Lola, only to be rejected once the father of her child returnedâ€”he relates an edited version of this story to Madame Emery with ill-concealed bitterness). The society wedding in a great cathedral shows Genevieve’s upward social and economic movement, but she does not seem at all happy with her situation, and clearly feels trapped.
The coda is set in December 1963, approximately six years after the earliest events. Guy is now managing the couple’s Esso station. He’s with his now upbeat and loving wife Madeleine and their little son FranÃ§ois. It is Christmas Eve. Madeleine and FranÃ§ois go for a short walk, leaving Guy briefly, after which a new Mercedes pulls in to the station. The mink-clad driver turns out to be a sophisticated, visibly wealthy GeneviÃ¨ve, accompanied by her (and Guy’s) daughter FranÃ§oise, who remains in the car. At first shocked to see each other, they go inside the station to talk, and GeneviÃ¨ve explains this is the first time she has returned to Cherbourg since her marriage, and she is only in town on a detour to Paris after picking her daughter up from Cassard’s mother in Anjou. Her fairly young mother is now dead. Her rich husband and child are the only family she has left. She has evidently had no children by Cassard. The two converse while GeneviÃ¨ve’s car is being filled with gas, and GeneviÃ¨ve asks Guy if he wants to meet their daughter. Without comment, and little reflection, he answers “no”, and this leads to their exchanging their final goodbyes. As the film ends, Guy greets his wife with a kiss and plays with his son.
- Directors: Andy Fickman
- Producers: Andy Fickman, John J Strauss, Eric Tannenbaum
- Writers: Moe Jelline
- Genres: Comedy
- Actors: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Jimmy Wolk, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth
A young woman, Marni (Kristen Bell), discovers her brother, Will (Jimmy Wolk), is about to marry the girl, Joanna (Odette Yustman), who was Marni’s High School rival and Marni sets out to expose the fiancee’s true colors. The plot thickens when Marni’s mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) meets up with Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) and it is revealed that Gail and Ramona were also high school rivals.
- Directors: Ron Howard
- Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Penny Marshall
- Writers: Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman
- Genres: Biography, Drama, Sport
- Actors: Russell Crowe, Paul Giamatti
James J. Braddock is a hard-nosed, Irish-American boxer from New Jersey, formerly a light heavyweight contender, who is forced to give up boxing after breaking his hand in the ring. This is a relief and an upset to his wife, Mae, who cannot bring herself to watch the violence of his chosen profession, and yet knows without him boxing they’ll have no good income.
As the United States enters the Great Depression, Braddock does manual labor to support his family even after badly breaking his hand. Unfortunately, he can not get work every day. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation by another boxer, Braddock’s longtime manager Joe Gould offers him a chance to fill in for just this one night and make a little money. The fight is against the number two contender in the world and Braddock is seen as little more than a convenient punching bag.
Braddock stuns the boxing experts and fans with a third-round knockout of his formidable opponent. He believes that because his hand is now healed, he is fit to fight. Against his wife’s wishes, Braddock takes up Gould’s offer to return to the ring.
Mae resents this attempt by Gould to profit off her husband’s dangerous livelihood until she discovers that Gould and his wife also have been devastated by hard times.
On June 13, 1935, in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, Braddock defeats the seemingly invincible Baer to become the heavyweight champion of the world.
- Directors: Nicholas Ray
- Producers: Herbert J Yates
- Writers: Philip Yordan, Roy Chanslor
- Genres: Film-Noir, Western
- Actors: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady
On the outskirts of a wind-swept Arizona cattle town, an aggressive and strong-willed saloonkeeper named Vienna maintains a volatile relationship with the local cattlemen and townsfolk. Not only does she support the railroad being laid nearby (the cattlemen oppose it) but she permits a suspected stage robber called The Dancin’ Kid to share her bed, and his confederates to frequent her saloon.
Vienna’s ex-lover Johnny Guitar, a reformed gunslinger whose real name is Logan, arrives at the saloon, renews his love for Vienna, and offers her needed protection. Life is cozy for the two until one day The Dancin’ Kid and his gang rob the town bank. The townsfolk suspect Vienna has played a part. Led by the vengeful Emma Small, a cattle rancher who has long hated Vienna, the posse descends on Vienna’s saloon and burns it to the ground. Emma persuades the men to hang Vienna, but at the last second she is saved by Johnny Guitar.
Vienna and Johnny escape the posse and find refuge in The Dancin’ Kid’s secret hideaway. The posse tracks them. The Kid and his men are killed. Emma challenges Vienna to a showdown. Vienna is wounded in the duel, but she manages to kill Emma. A halt is called to the bloodbath by the posse’s leader, McIvers. Vienna and Johnny depart, hopeful that better days lie ahead.